My Current Favorite Summer Skin Care Products

Summer is a funny time for my skin.  I live in a humid climate so my skin becomes oilier in the heat, but since I wear less makeup my pores aren’t as clogged as they could be.  Still, I believe if you take care of your skin in the summer with quality skin care, it will look fantastic!

L’Oreal Skin Expertise Go 360 Clean Anti-Breakout Facial Cleanser ($6.99 USD) — A salicylic acid acne treatment with a daily pore by pore cleansing with “the  scrublet” soft cleansing disk. The cleanser claims to control breakouts and clears blackheads and is oil free.

What I Think:  I like to use a little anti-breakout skin care in the summer to control the oil. I have tried this with the scrubber that is included, but it is a little rough for my sensitive skin.  I use it with my Clarisonic cleansing brush and my skin feels super clean afterwards. My skin has also been clearer this summer.

You can find the cleanser at drug stores or ma

NUDE Hydrating Water ($20.00 USD) — NUDE Skincare’s refreshing rose and vanilla floral water removes final traces of cleanser and locks in moisture, leaving skin calm and beautifully soft.

Mist natural toner onto clean skin and wipe gently with a cotton pad. A skincare essential, Hydrating Water is perfect for setting make up and instant refreshment. Revives normal, dry and sensitive skins.

What I think:  I love this gentle face mist.  It smell fantastic.  I like to spray it before I moisturize and throughout the day for a refresher.  A good tip is to keep it in the fridge in the summer for a cool spritz to refresh in the hot weather. http://nudeskincare.com/ is the website and the products are also available at Sephora.

Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid ($21.21 USD)

  • 5% glycolic acid plus 0.5% salicylic acid exfoliates sun-damaged skin
  • pH range of 3.5–3.8 for guaranteed efficacy
  • Reduces signs of aging, including wrinkles, sun damage, and discolorations
  • Corrects uneven skin tone
  • Restores a healthy, radiant, firmer look to your skin
  • Calms your skin with potent anti-irritants
  • Contains ingredients your skin needs to look and act younger
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

What I think: I apply this after the face mist and my skin tone instantly looks more even.  It dries almost instantly so that you can apply moisturizer.  After a few weeks of use, my skin is softer and so smooth.  Serums are incredibly important in keeping wrinkles at bay and skin really glowing, and this one is a good choice!

Skyn Iceland the ANTIDOTE Quenching Daily Lotion ($45.00 USD) — Is your skin oily, congested and prone to redness or premature aging? Stress may be increasing breakouts and oiliness, while depriving your skin of essential nutrients, moisture and oxygen.

The ANTIDOTE Quenching Daily Lotion is a lightweight hydrating lotion for chronically stressed skin. It goes on with a cooling burst to decongest, detoxify and stabilize skin, returning it to its natural fresh and healthy state. With daily use, skin is fortified and protected from the ravages of stress. You can purchase this at http://www.skyniceland.com/ or at a Sephora store near you.

FEATURES & BENEFITS:

  • Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids help preserve skin’s natural moisture
  • Aloe vera, jojoba and shea butter help soothe, moisturize and heal dry skin
  • A mint derivative provides a cooling sensation and helps improve microcirculation to reduce redness in skin
  • White willow bark, a naturally occurring form of salicylic acid, soothes irritation and helps prevent breakouts and congestion in the skin
  • Icelandic kelp helps revitalize skin and fight inflammation
  • Meadow sweet extract helps control oiliness, tighten pores and clear skin
  • Yeast extract revitalizes and helps calm inflamed skin

What I think:  This is a refreshing, soothing lotion that is helpful in keeping skin clear during the summer.  I use this after the Paula’s Choice smoothing lotion. I notice that after use, my skin is less red and my pores look smaller. It doesn’t make my skin greasy so that I can apply makeup almost instantly.  Visit http://www.paulaschoice.com/ for more info or to purchase.

I recommend one or all of these fab skincare products to clear and smooth your skin this summer, no matter what your age. Enjoy!

Refresh Your Skin With A Cooling Toner or Face Mist

Toners and Face Mists are fantastic ways to get your skin a little extra clean and refreshed. Place any one of the following fab products in your fridge for a bit of summer cooling! All of them offer different benefits, so be sure to find the tonic that is perfect for you!

Arctic Face Mist with Multivitamin Complex ($29.00 USD 3.99 fl. oz) — Refreshing, toning mist with a multivitamin for skin to instantly soothe and protect stressed, irritable skin. Has your frantic lifestyle led to a surge in stress-related hormones and histamines? If so, your skin may be irritated, exhausted and depleted of vital hydration and nutrients. You need relief and protection against future damage — and you need it fast.

The newly reformulated, dye-free Arctic Face Mist instantly helps calm and stabilize irritable, depleted skin with a cooling burst of natural mineral water, while fortifying it against the aging effects of free radicals and environmental stress. Powerful antioxidants and a daily dose of multivitamins for skin help energize and replenish for a radiant, healthy glow.

What I think: I always feel pampered with Skyn Iceland products, and the Arctic Face Mist is no exception. It not only feels great going on, it leaves the skin glowing, and smells lovely.  Learn more at www.skyniceland.com.

H2O Plus Oasis Mist ($16.50 USD 6 fl. oz.) — An energizing mist of nutritive hydration enriched with natural vitamins and minerals to replenish skin instantly.

Sea Mineral Complex™ delivers hydrating extracts of wakame, sea lettuce and sea fennel plus anti-aging extracts of himanthalia, spirulina and nori to help restore skin’s natural balance. Enriched with vitamins A, C, E and Provitamin.

What I think: This is the only mist in a can of the bunch. It sprays on pretty hard, so it’s like a blast of hydration. You’re face will be instantly moisturized and freshened! Purchase at www.h2oplus.com.

Zensation Deep Purifying Toner ($35.00 USD 4.2 fl. oz) — A detoxifying and revitalizing toner with tea tree oil to control misbehaving skin and for occasional spot prevention, this toner is dedicated to soothe and refresh the skin as it removes any excess of dirt, debris or cleaners residue, the mixture of essential oils of thyme, sage, lavender and mint to produce a calming, yet mildly astringent effect.

What I think: This luxury line is new to me, and I was happy to try a product from Zensation. Not a face mist, dab a bit of this toner on a cotton pad and wipe away all of the crud. I like that this is alcohol free, but will help with blemishes. Visit www.zensationbeaute.com to learn more.

Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic with Botanical Blast  ($19.00 USD 4.06 fl. oz.) — This soothing, preservative-free tonic gently clarifies and refreshes skin that needs pampering and deep cleaning.

Preservatives have been shown to over-dry and cause further irritations to the skin. Our preservative-free, botanically rich proprietary formula offers a gentle and effective means to ensure your skin stays clear and healthful.

Botanical Blast technology is a pure, highly effective problem skin treatment using a select blend of the finest botanicals available to improve skin clarity, tone and texture. This product contains Willow Herb, a unique anti-irritant, and Jojoba Leaf, a strong and effective antioxidant.

What I think: I can really tell that this mist cleans the skin, it is so refreshing! It is a soft spray that soothes as it cleans. Visit www.bosciaskincare.com to purchase.

Get Glowing With Skyn Iceland

Want your skin to glow? Skyn Iceland creates products that are free of harsh chemicals and they use pure ingredients like pristine glacial waters, powerful antioxidants, potent anti-inflammatory elements, skin-soothing moisturizers, medicinal herbs and purifying extracts. These ingredients are touted to help stressed skin regain its natural glow.

Skyn Iceland’s products do not include parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum, formaldehyde or paraffin, are allergy and sensitivity tested, and are cruelty-free. Another great plus is that the packaging is 90% recyclable.

This all sounds good, but how do the products work, you ask? Well, I tried two Skyn Iceland products that have been recently released, the Glacial Cleansing Cloths and the Arctic Brightening Serum, and I really like the gentle and soothing way that they treat my skin.  

Glacial Cleansing Cloths($15.00 for 30) – These pre-moistened cloths are fantastic for nighttime, when I’m too tired to wash my face (which is often). They are infused with Icelandic glacial waters and natural extracts to remove makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities while refreshing and soothing the skin. The formulas is non drying and soothes the skin. This is also touted to help prevent breakouts, and since my skin does appear clearer, maybe it is helping! They do sting my eyes a bit, so I use a different eye makeup remover on my eyes and this one all over my face. 

Arctic Brightening Serum ($65.00 1 oz) — I love this serum! The claim is that it helps, “reverse the progression of stress-related damage to restore luminosity and improve texture. Arctic Brightening Serum helps protect against premature aging” Ingredients in the serum include arctic root, Siberian ginseng, and maral root, which is touted to “delay cell aging by bolstering skin’s cellular defenses and resistance to stress. While your skin is being fortified, kombucha goes to work to brighten skin and bring back the glow you left behind. A gentle retinol derivative helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Arctic Brightening Serum helps restore the skin’s immune system to optimum levels so skin looks and more importantly, acts younger than ever.”

I apply this serum every morning and evening before moisturizer. I have been using it for a few weeks and my skin is noticabley brighter and smoother. I swear I look younger! It also feels so good when I apply it, it is cooling and soothing. I really recommend the Arctic Brightening Serum and think it is worth the price!

Visit www.skyniceland.com to learn more and to purchase these great products!